Jun. 19, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump repeated on Tuesday that immigration authorities would next week target migrants in the country illegally in large-scale arrests, but still gave no details about the planned action.

President Trump said he was prepared to take military action to stop Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb but left open whether he would back the use of force to protect Gulf oil supplies that Washington fears may be under threat by Iran.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi outlined several key impediments to congressional approval of a U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was set to arrive in Washington to push for final approval of the pact.

France and Germany will increase their efforts to reduce tensions over Iran, but time was running out and the risk of war could not be ruled out, their foreign ministers said on Wednesday.

Iran said on Wednesday it would not give European powers more time beyond July 8 to save its nuclear deal by shielding it from U.S. sanctions.

A rocket hit a site in southern Iraq used by foreign oil companies on Wednesday, including U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil, wounding three people and threatening to further escalate U.S.-Iran tensions in the region.

The United States Navy on Wednesday displayed limpet mine fragments and a magnet it said it had removed from one of two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week, saying the mines bore a striking resemblance to Iranian ones.

The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has executed $44.15 billion in U.S. foreign arms sales through June 19, and the agency's director said he was optimistic the total for the full year would reach last year's $55.66 billion.

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President Trump stuck to old themes and complaints in his highly touted campaign kickoff speech in Orlando on Tuesday night. The president railed against the "fake news," "socialism," investigations into his administration, the Democrats running to replace him, former President Barack Obama and the Clinton family in a speech that lasted well over an hour.

Federal officials in Philadelphia seized over 16 tons of cocaine from a cargo ship on Tuesday, calling it one of the largest drug seizures in U.S. history and the largest in the history of the eastern district of Pennsylvania. The street value of the bust is estimated at more than $1 billion. "This amount of cocaine could kill millions - MILLIONS - of people."

An American teenager has been charged with conspiring to murder her "best friend" after a man she met online offered her $9 million to commit the crime.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been orbiting the space rock known as Bennu since the start of the year. It caught up with the asteroid in late December of 2018 and successfully inserted itself into orbit around the object around New Year 's Day. A recent tweak to its orbit has brought the probe to an orbit of just 680 meters, or around 2,230 feet from the asteroid's surface. This is now the closest that any manmade spacecraft has orbited any planetary body.

When the Coast Guard starts rolling out a new generation of heavy icebreakers on the Gulf Coast, the ships will be heading for a familiar port in the Pacific Northwest. "I am pleased to announce that Seattle, Washington, will be the home of the Coast Guard's new Polar Security Cutters," Adm. Karl Schultz, commandant of the Coast Guard, said.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Tuesday sharply criticized the Trump administration's practice of holding migrants seeking asylum in what she called "concentration camps."

The city of Suzhou, known as "the Venice of the East" for its web of intricate waterways, captured the imagination of Marco Polo when he journeyed through China more than seven centuries ago. Today, it's drawing attention for another grand project: a sprawling network of databases designed to track the behavior of China's population. Sitting next to Shanghai with an economy larger than Finland's, Suzhou was one of a dozen places chosen in 2018 by President Xi Jinping's government to run a social-credit trial, which can reward or punish citizens for their behavior.

Suspected jihadists killed 15 soldiers at an army base in restive northeast Nigeria, stealing weapons before looting shops in a nearby town, military sources said Tuesday.

LGBT refugees allege they have been harassed by police in recent weeks in Kenya, which is a rare regional haven for the gay community and yet maintains that gay sex is illegal. It is the only East African nation where someone can seek asylum and be registered as a refugee based on their LGBT status.

BBC

The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million globally last year - the highest number in the UN refugee agency's almost 70 years of operations. The almost 70.8 million people forcibly displaced is 2.3 million more than the previous year.

A huge international research program has been launched to assess the health of the Atlantic Ocean. The iAtlantic project is the biggest ever mounted in the planet's second largest ocean.

The authorities in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, are banning motorbikes from the city's streets as part of an effort to reduce crime. The administration believes that a rising number of thefts are being committed by people on motorbikes.

Ethiopia's state-run monopoly telecoms provider has apologized for the internet shutdown that lasted for more than a week. However, no explanation was given for the shutdown.

WND

A seismic storm that unleashed more than 1,000 small earthquakes in San Bernardino and Riverside counties these last three weeks. California has small quakes all the time - a magnitude 3 every other day on average. But not all of them act the same, and some bring more danger than others.

MasterCard says it will allow transgenders to choose their preferred name on their credit card.

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